Bee Roots for 2021-11-06

The table provides clues for the roots of words in today's NY Times Spelling Bee. You're responsible for prefixes, suffixes, tense changes, plurals, doubling consonants before suffixes, and alternate spellings of roots. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table. The Halloween, 2021 redesign improved the usability, I hope.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle

Table content

root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
21AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict
11AL5Put (fears) at rest
31AN4Uptight, or butt-related; adj.
41AN5Yearly record book
61AN5Void a marriage
51AN6Yearly, adj.
81AN6Opening at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body
71AN7Ring-shaped object, structure, or region
51AN8Yearly, adj.
71AN9Ring-shaped object, structure, or region
91AU5Hearing-related adj.
91AU7Hearing-related adj.
101DA5Move slowly, or have casual sex with
111DR5Not wet
121DR7Area with a scarcity of water: opposite of the kind of place amphibians love (compound)
131DU4Having two parts; NOT pistols at ten paces
141DU4Expected at or planned for at a certain time; what is owed
151DU4Not shiny, adjective/verb
151DU5Not shiny, adjective/verb
131DU6Having two parts; NOT pistols at ten paces
161DU7Slow or stupid person
171LA4“Gentleman” or "Lord" ♀ counterpart ("& the Tramp")
181LA4Alight on the ground, verb/noun
221LA4Pig fat for cooking
231LA4Praise, verb/noun
191LA6Actor Martin , or a horse-drawn 4–wheeled carriage
211LA7Cord passed around the neck, shoulder, or wrist for holding a badge, keys, or whistle
241LA7Dirty clothes
201LA8♀ who owns your apartment (compound)
251LU4Hawaiian BBQ
261LU4Soothe (… into a false sense of security), verb; or a pause in activity, noun
271LU4Doozy, or “To Sir With Love” singer
281LU4Roman moon goddess, or nutrition bar brand
291LU5Moon adj. (… eclipse)
301LU6½–moon shaped fingertip base white area (Latin "little moon")
311NU4Having no legal or binding force; invalid
321RA5Mass meeting of people for a common cause (pep, political)
341RU5Countryside adj.; urban counterpart
341RU7Countryside adj.; urban counterpart
351UL4Forearm bone opposite radius
351UL5Forearm bone opposite radius
141UN6Expected at or planned for at a certain time; what is owed
331UN6Regulation or principal, noun; exercise power, verb

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech As logophiles, we are pretty good at putting on prefixes and suffixes, changing tense, and forming plurals (including Latin plurals!). The clues cover root words, arranged alphabetically by root word, with a count of words in the puzzle that come from each root. For example, if a puzzle includes ROAM and ROAMING, there will be a clue for ROAM and a count of 2. The root may not appear in the puzzle at all; for example, the 2021-07-23 Bee included ICED, DEICE, and DEICED. For such a puzzle, the clue would be for ICE with a word count of 3.

The Bee Roots approach involves judgement sometimes. For example, if a puzzle includes LOVE, LOVED, and LOVELY, how many roots are needed to cover them? LOVE and LOVED share the root LOVE, certainly, but LOVELY is tricky. LOVE is part of its etymology, but by now, the word means "exquisitely beautiful," which is a lot farther from the meaning of LOVE than swithcing to past tense. I'm inclined to treat LOVE and LOVELY as separate roots. You may not agree, which is fine. Another thing we logophiles share is a LOVE of arguing about words on Twitter.

One last complication, until another one pops up: a few roots have multiple spellings, for example LOLLYGAG and LALLYGAG. Depending on the day's letters, and maybe even the editor's whims, one or both could be in the puzzle's answer list. With such roots, you could see a word count of 2, even if there are no applicable prefixes or suffixes.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.